If you have been injured in an accident at a port, you are not alone. All too often we hear about port accidents that include explosions, fires, collisions, falling objects, equipment collapses, toxic chemical releases and other events. Port workers are often dealing with or handling dangerous substances such as chemical products, hydrocarbons, fertilizers. Add in the job of loading, unloading, storing or transporting these material and naturally you have a very dangerous work environment where accidents that cause serious injury or wrongful death are all too common.
How do port accidents happen?
Accidents happen most commonly while a ship is moving, either entering or leaving a port. Studies show that more than 50% of all port accidents involve a ship “in transport”. Loading or unloading is the second most common at 15%. Storage (12%) , process plants (11%), and warehouse accidents (4%) are the other accident locations.
What causes port accidents?
- Mechanical failure: Valve, flange coupling failure, metallurgy failure, hose, high winds, over pressure.
- Impact: ship to land, ship to ship, heavy object, general operation, rail accident, high winds, other.
- Human errors: general operation, overfilling, maintenance, procedures, ship/land impact, other causes.
- External events: High winds, sabotage, external fire, ship/land impact, ship/ship impact, other causes.
- Services failure
- Violent reaction
- Instrumental failure
- Upset process conditions
Types of Injuries from Port Accidents
Because of the sheer size of the equipment involved, these kinds of incidents can cause serious harm including:
- Broken arms
- Broken legs
- Broken wrists
- Broken foot
- Burn injury
- Injuries or death from falls
- Brain Injuries/Head injury
- Amputated limbs including hands, legs, fingers
- Fatal injuries
Working on board a ship or on a dock can be an incredibly dangerous job and it’s why we read stories so frequently about longshoreman, dockworkers, port mechanics and construction workers who are seriously injured or killed.
Some of the most common ways that people are injured include:
- Slip, trip or fall on the same level
- Fall from height
- Lifting and handling injuries
- Struck by an object
- Struck against an object
- Struck by a moving vehicle
- Contact with machinery
- Exposure to harmful substance
If you have been injured, please call us for a free consultation.